Preseason No. 1? It could be North Carolina

April, 6, 2011
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Once again, the attention turns to Harrison Barnes.

Does he leave for the NBA draft or team up with the rest of the Tar Heels to form what could be the top team of the preseason? After leading scorer Tyler Zeller and leading rebounder John Henson announced today they would return to school, the ball is in Barnes' court.

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"Harrison is not as far along in his decision-making process as were Tyler and John," coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "I am still gathering information on him from NBA teams and hope to provide him with all of that information by the end of next week."

The info that Barnes already knows is that the Tar Heels would be loaded with returning talent if he stuck around Chapel Hill. Barnes averaged 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in a freshman season that saw him get better and better. His return would mean the Tar Heels would expect to have their top seven scorers back.

North Carolina went to the Elite Eight this season behind the improvement of Barnes and the emergence of point guard Kendall Marshall. Barnes coming back as well as the addition of a top recruiting class with McDonald's All-Americans P.J. Hairston and James McAdoo would make the Tar Heels a national title contender.

"We had a great season getting to the Elite Eight, but I would like a chance at going out with another title," Zeller said in a statement.

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